The mission of the Office of Academic Opportunity is to provide resources and support to students who are traditionally underrepresented, including low-income, first generation, and minority students, in post-secondary education in order to facilitate academic success. The unit coordinates with departments on campus, as well as, agencies off campus to develop programming specifically designed to improve student outcomes. Our activities are directed toward pre-college students who seek enrollment in post-secondary institutions, UMBC students who strive for academic success, and students interested in enrolling in graduate study.
The Office houses UMBC’s US Department of Education funded TRIO Programs and the National Science Foundation funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. These programs provide services such as summer programs, tutoring, academic advising, mentoring, and test preparation to eligible students.